Last week was spent working from home, and I didn't attempt driving until Thursday. Up until that point, the swelling combined with the soft cast was really restricting my ankle flexibility. It forced me to really lay low and focus on healing which was good. I was also able to get a ton of work done, given the fact I couldn't get very far. Yesterday was my first day back in the office (I have a 50 mile commute each way - I know..), and so far so good. My leg whines a bit on the drive home, so I've been trying to get my workouts in before work. Yes, workouts.
I WAS able to get a ride to the gym on Wednesday (as in only TWO days after surgery). I kept my expectations low, and was pleasantly surprised at what I was able to do. I could spin on the gym bike for about 15 minutes, at a very low intensity, while keeping about 90% of the weight on my left leg. I have since increased the time on the bike, and finally hit the 60 minute milestone. Granted, I'm at barely any resistance, but an hour on a bike this soon after surgery? I'll take it! I've also been doing a lot of upper body lifting and core work, which has been awesome.
The support of friends and family has been incredible; help with Caitlyn in the form of drop-offs and pick-ups, rides to the grocery store, and the constant flood of text messages and phone calls, just to see if I need anything. I look forward to re-paying the favor to everyone who has been so incredibly generous the past couple of weeks.. I feel so so so lucky.
Of course, I'm also working on a race schedule, but that's an entirely different post. I'll give you a clue though - my big comeback race will be the furthest I've ever run.
Picture post next - Happy Training!!